Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

14 January 2020

As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, MIA would like to recognise the immense impact the national bushfires are having on the Australian community. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

Our friends at Manly Warringah Touch Football (Women's 30s) honoured their friend Peta Willard at their annual club dinner, where they raised over $1000 for MIA. Peta's husband Nathan spoke to over 250 players and the management team about Peta and her battle with melanoma. It was an incredibly moving day, and we extend our thanks to the club for their continued support.

Late last year, we introduced you to 10-year-old Heide who wanted to support her mum Pamela Tscherkasky, a melanoma survivor, and raise funds for MIA. We are delighted to announce that after shaving her head at her school, Narangba State School, Heide raised $325. Thank you to everyone who donated, and a special thank you to Heide.

St Cecilia's Primary School has a fundraising program called 'Little Feet, Big Footprints' where the Year 6 students choose a charity to raise money for and highlight through presentations. After some families were affected by melanoma, the St Cecilia's students and community elected to throw their support behind MIA and raised over $300 Thank you for your support.

In lieu of gifts for her 50th birthday celebrations, Trina Harbor chose to fundraise for MIA. Ten years ago her father was diagnosed with cancer and tragically passed away only four months later. Now, working in the field of melanoma herself, she realises just how important it is to be having regular skin checks. Thank you to all Trina's friends and family who donated, and thank you, Trina, for your amazing contribution of $1900 from your birthday fundraiser.

A donation of over $4000 is the cumulative total of two years worth of fundraising and awareness activities from the girls in Lilley House at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. They chose to fundraise for MIA to support of one of their Grammar families who sadly lost a loved one to melanoma. Well done ladies, and thank you for spreading the important message.

You may have seen Adam Brook, just 27 years of age, highlighted on our social media for Fundraiser Friday. Adam was recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma after previously having 55 lymph nodes removed from his neck. Adam and a group of gym-goers at Fit2Function Tamworth completed a 24-hour cycling marathon to raise awareness of melanoma and fundraise for MIA. Each team member pedalled the exercise bike for half-an-hour, before swapping with another person. The team pushed themselves to their physical limits and completed the 24-hour challenge, raising an incredible $5130. A huge thank you to all involved, and to Adam for organising the event.

Finally, we would like to say an enormous thank you to the Lord Mayor of Parramatta and council members for raising an astonishing $10,000 for MIA through their annual raffle.

We continue to be humbled by the spirit and support shown by our community.

MIA joins Sydney Health Partners
22 Dec 2021

MIA joins Sydney Health Partners

Sydney Health Partners' goal is to ensure world class research is successfully implemented & scaled-up to benefit patients & wider society.

Tags: melanoma
Congratulations Dr Hansol Lee
22 Dec 2021

Congratulations Dr Hansol Lee

Promising young MIA researcher conferred with University of Sydney PhD.

Tags: melanoma
Olympians join forces for melanoma warning
13 Dec 2021

Olympians join forces for melanoma warning

Jana Pittman and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor urge Australians to be sun-safe and check their skin as they join the Game On Mole campaign in support of their much-loved coach

Tags: melanoma
MIA research wins Cancer Institute of NSW 'Wildfire Highly Cited Publication'
07 Dec 2021

MIA research wins Cancer Institute of NSW 'Wildfire Highly Cited Publication'

Cited an incredible 427 times around the world, showing its vital role in improving outcomes for people with advanced melanoma.

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Prof Richard Scolyer receives University of Tasmania Distinguished Alumni Award
06 Dec 2021

Prof Richard Scolyer receives University of Tasmania Distinguished Alumni Award

Honouring the exceptional impact of his work on communities around the world.

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MIA's Co-Medical Directors receive University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research
03 Dec 2021

MIA's Co-Medical Directors receive University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research

Awarded for their life-saving discoveries transforming melanoma patient care.

Tags: melanoma
Aussies urged to mark start of summer by checking their skin
01 Dec 2021

Aussies urged to mark start of summer by checking their skin

National day of action called amidst fears COVID lockdowns have deterred patients from seeking potentially life-saving medical treatment

Tags: melanoma
Prof Georgina Long AO awarded the 2021 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research
24 Nov 2021

Prof Georgina Long AO awarded the 2021 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research

Recognising her pioneering work in immunotherapy in melanoma, transforming the care of patients worldwide.

Tags: melanoma
AMC2021 conference wrap-up
23 Nov 2021

AMC2021 conference wrap-up

Clinicians and researchers from across Australia and beyond united online, bringing the AMC2021 conference theme of Promising Futures to life.

Tags: melanoma
Journalist and news reader Peter Overton our new National Ambassador
23 Nov 2021

Journalist and news reader Peter Overton our new National Ambassador

Melanoma Institute Australia is proud to announce that the Nine Network’s Peter Overton AM has joined us as a National Ambassador.

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MIA researchers feature on prestigious Highly Cited Researchers 2021 List
19 Nov 2021

MIA researchers feature on prestigious Highly Cited Researchers 2021 List

MIA is proud to announce that five of our researchers have been named on the Clarivate Annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2021 list.

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New research into importance of skin surveillance to save lives from melanoma
04 Nov 2021

New research into importance of skin surveillance to save lives from melanoma

New research shows routine skin checks by a health professional, coupled with checking your own skin, are vital in saving lives from melanoma.

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Game On Mole - saving lives this summer
31 Oct 2021

Game On Mole - saving lives this summer

With new patient figures indicating people may have deferred skin checks during the pandemic our Game On Mole campaign is more important than ever. 

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Melanoma March physical events in 2022
22 Oct 2021

Melanoma March physical events in 2022

We are excited to announce a return to our much-loved physical Melanoma March events in March 2022! 

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Community Fundraising Wrap Up July-Sept 2021
15 Oct 2021

Community Fundraising Wrap Up July-Sept 2021

Read more about the wonderful MIA community fundraising initiatives held recently.

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Australian researchers spearhead paradigm shift in melanoma treatment
20 Sep 2021

Australian researchers spearhead paradigm shift in melanoma treatment

Drug therapy set to become standard treatment in high-risk early stage patients to stop disease spread

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Melanoma Bike Bash 2021: What a ride!
20 Sep 2021

Melanoma Bike Bash 2021: What a ride!

Over two fun, yet challenging, days in September an intrepid group of riders and crew successfully completed the annual Melanoma Bike Bash in WA!

Tags: melanoma
Prof Georgina Long AO awarded inaugural Outstanding Female Researcher Medal from AAHMS
16 Sep 2021

Prof Georgina Long AO awarded inaugural Outstanding Female Researcher Medal from AAHMS

Prof Long AO has been recognised by Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences for her transformative work advancing melanoma treatments.

Tags: melanoma
MIA researchers awarded $7.2m in NHMRC grants for health research
15 Sep 2021

MIA researchers awarded $7.2m in NHMRC grants for health research

Three MIA researchers at University of Sydney received grants to further their important melanoma research.

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Amie St Clair Ball in Wagga postponed for a third time
06 Sep 2021

Amie St Clair Ball in Wagga postponed for a third time

COVID restrictions continue to impact fundraising for melanoma services in Riverina.